Girl or Boy, My Sex Is Not My Gender

DIRECTOR: Valerie Mitteaux

For the four subjects of this documentary, it’s clear that no man is an island. Families, friends and the world around act differently to men and women. For these men, here’s the million-dollar question: how does being raised as a girl affect the man you become?

Men from Europe and America take stock of how their lives have changed since transition, and all four are still working out some of the kinks. In San Francisco, Lynnee Breedlove bickers with his mother about why his dad didn’t exactly make the best male role model. In Paris, Kaleb adapts to blending in with the world after years as a striking blonde woman who got noticed. In Barcelona, Miguel keeps photos of his youth around to remind himself—and others—that his transition was simply an evolution, not a sudden change. And in New York, Rocco Kayiatos went from being one of twin girls to his mother’s precious son.

This insightful film moves beyond the transition genre to explore how four individuals choose to remake themselves when suddenly given new power and privilege. If the world is a boys’ club, these four aren’t sure where, or whether, they want to belong.

— TRISTA KENDALL

In French and English with English subtitles.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D211

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